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3 tips to free up space on your Mac - fixedByVonnie

3 tips to free up space on your Mac

You know that claustrophobic feeling you get when you’re toothpicked in a subway car so packed that the sweaty guy behind you is literally drenching your back?

Yeah, that’s how your Mac feels when the hard drive get cramped.

I’m going to be unabashedly brusque when I say this:

Delete all your shit

The keyword here is the invective: “shit”.

Obviously, if it’s something you need: keep it; otherwise, feel no compunction about sending it to oblivion.

There’s no real sense holding on to files because you fear you might need them one day.  If you really have trepidation about parting with your giant collection of R. Kelly videos then invest in a reliable external drive or push your stuff to the cloud.

…and then ruminate on why you’re listening to R. Kelly in the first place…

My point is there are very few files you actually need; therefore, when it’s time to annihilate them please don’t stint ladies and gentlemen: delete with abandon.

Here are three things you can do to kick the can for good:

1. Kill pre-installed trial applications such as Microsoft Office

Who actually pays to use Office anymore?

With great free cloud applications such as Google Docs and stellar office suites such as LibreOffice, you should really dump your Microsoft affinities.

Both the aforementioned programs love hanging out with Microsoft documents so compatibility with your existing Microsoft programs isn’t an issue.

2. Superfluous language files

Unless you’re a polyglot or language savant, there’s no intelligent reason to retain languages such as Bislama and Aymara on your Mac.

Admittedly, purging useless languages won’t relinquish hundreds of gigabytes; however, when storage is tight anything you can do to reclaim space is great.

The answer is Monolingual.

To get started just download the Monolingual app from Sourceforge and let the deleting frenzy begin.

3. Dump your dirty trash can

Walk into your bathroom and peer into the trash bin.  It’s abominable isn’t it?

The scent.

The sight.

What would happen if we espoused the Apple mentality in real life?

Some guy would chuck his sandwich only to dumpster dive a few weeks later to finish off a few bytes.  (Couldn’t resist the bite/byte pun)

You wouldn’t do this in real life so why do we do it on our computers?

Have you ever noticed that the trash bin icon in the dock doesn’t have a recycling logo on it?  That’s no mistake, it’s because everything you put in the trash is meant to be destroyed.

Shift + Command + Delete is your friend.  This triumvirate of keys will dump the can in a breeze.

Also I should mention that iMovie, iPhoto and Mail all have their own trash cans so you’ll need to kick those buckets too.

Mac OS X iPhoto

Whoa! Um… okay don’t ask me why I’ve got R. Kelly photos on my Mac…

Incidentally, if you can’t delete a file for some reason it might be because it’s locked.

Try to circumvent the problem by holding down the Option key while choosing Empty Trash from the Finder menu.  The problem might be a corollary of not having the proper permissions to delete the file or it may have goofy characters in the file name.

The Bottom Line

As drives become more capacious our file appetites become more voracious!

In other words, as hard drives grow in size we think we can download and store more stuff on them and therefore we run out of space and the computer grinds to the pace of snail.

There are lots of things you can do to clean up your space and there are good tools out there such as CleanGenius by EaseUS, Disk Inventory X and CCleaner for Mac.  Judicious use of these guys will help you keep your disk immaculate so I recommend exploring those.

In addition, dumping all those files rotting in your trash bin and dragging unwanted apps to the trash will bring you more space and more joy.

Give it a shot and leave me your mean comments below.

Now let me get back to my R. Kelly videos…

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